I'm in Jonesboro, GA. My deck is about 3 ft off the ground. I have a crawl space. The deck is leaning/sloping down from the house on the left side. I looked at many youtube videos and found the issue to be the ledge board does not have lag bolts. It is screwed in. The next thing is see is the rim joist on both side(front and ledger board)do not have a metal rim joist faster. The builder cut the bottom 1/2 in corner of the 2x8 and nailed a 2x2 trim along/underneath that cut out. Results and ironically enough no rim joist is pulling away from the ledger or the front deck. I hope pictures clarify this explanation.
From what I've read and researched I would need to jack up the deck on the left side then put lag screws (Ledgerlok). Sounds straight forward but
- Do I need to remove the nails from the ledger board .....with a saw?.
- Can I use my heavy duty car hydraulic jack to raise the deck (2 or more)?